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Emily Boerger | Aug 7, 2019 | Hawaii

Hawaii proposes bill to cap insulin co-pays

Laura Burns | Aug 6, 2019 | Hawaii

Recently, Hawaii Representative John M. Mizuno drafted a bill  to cap co-pays for insulin. The proposed bill would cap the price at $100 for a 30-day supply.     In a July 31 Press Release, Mizuno said of the bill, "Insulin is an excellent example of runaway drug costs throughout...[ Read More ]

CMS approves Hawaii’s 1115 waiver extension

Emily Boerger | Aug 1, 2019 | Hawaii

Just days before Hawaii’s 1115 waiver demonstration was set to expire at the end of June, CMS sent a letter to Medicaid Director Judy Mohr Peterson granting a one-month temporary extension. The extension meant that CMS had until July 31 to approve the state’s application to extend the “QUEST Integration” demonstration. In a letter marked...[ Read More ]

Hawaii ranks 3rd highest in per-person public health spending

Emily Boerger | Jul 31, 2019 | Hawaii

Hawaii ranks third in the nation in per-person state spending on public health, according to data compiled by the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC). Hawaii spent $112 per-person in public health spending in 2017, trailing only behind Alaska ($114) and Washington D.C. ($139).     The data collected...[ Read More ]

Senators Hirono, Schatz reintroduce legislation to restore health care access for COFA citizens

| Jul 25, 2019 | Hawaii

[On Wednesday], Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) reintroduced the Covering our FAS Allies Act, which would reinstate Medicaid coverage, also known as Med-QUEST in Hawaii, for citizens of the Freely Associated States (FAS) living in the United States under the Compacts of Free Association (COFA).    ...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: 1115 Waiver, Tulsi Gabbard, Laura Esslinger

| Jul 19, 2019 | Hawaii

A big mahalo to the inimitable Emily Boerger for holding down this newsletter while I was away on vacation with my family. We visited Bosnia, Croatia and Montenegro, where the beaches were great but so was the history lesson. The siege of Sarajevo is a story everyone should know. The massacre at...[ Read More ]

Pilot program achieves 62% reduction in ER visits in its first year

Emily Boerger | Jul 19, 2019 | Hawaii

A new pilot program through the Oahu Healthcare Partnership is finding success in its first year. The project aims to reduce the number of avoidable emergency room visits by identifying frequent users of the ER and targeting them with interventions. So far, the program has achieved a 62% reduction in...[ Read More ]

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